High winds responsible for Jennings' damage

Jennings hardest hit by storms

A storm  blew through southwest Louisiana causing pockets of damage and flooding in its path. The town of Jennings experienced downed trees and power lines.

Several residents of Jennings thought the damage had been done by a tornado. They were tricked by the overwhelming power of straight line wind gusts that peaked above 60 MPH. The National Weather Service confirmed that later Saturday afternoon.

People who passed up and down the streets of Jennings saw trees toppled over into North Main Street. There was a tree that fell on top of First Presbyterian Church. On North Cary Street, many trees and branches had filled both the sidewalks and road.

Despite storm damage, Mardi Gras festivities continued at the Strand Theater on North Main Street. The 7th Annual Cajun Squeezebox Shootout Accordion Championship took place at the theater.

Jennings officials cancelled Mardi Gras festivities for Saturday morning.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.